Rooms were spacious and very clean. Breakfast was excellent.
Staff, very helpful.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
Stayed in this hotel for two nights for a golf outing. We had the golf package which incorporated a round @ Spey Valley Golf course ( fantastic course with magnificent views) with dinner bed & breakfast, all in good value for this package £85 per person per night. Hotel itself in need of a facelift but room was adequate, resort facilities good & staff were helpful, so all in all the hotel delivered what we needed for our golf outing, but for a family break or a couples weekend there are better in Aviemore.
Stayed at the MacDonald highland resort a number of times but first time in the 4 seasons. We were allocated this hotel on arrival, it used to be the hilton many moons ago.
The whole hotel is a through back to the 80's from the bar area to the landings and finally the rooms.
The decor in the rooms is so dated, the TV never worked, the shower was poor.
As for the breakfast which is in the hotel itself rather in the main complex was shocking, greasy spoon cafe comes to mind.
The hotel seemed empty as only 1 other couple at breakfast at 9am.. (other than bus tour)
The other areas of the resort are fine and cant complain,swimming is excellent and the whole place seems very clean.
Overall if staying at MacDonald highland resort try and make sure its not the four seasons... Academy, Aviemore Inn and the Hihlands are far better..
Although looking at other prices there is far better value for money in and around Aviemore
I stayed in this hotel last September, with a friend over from Singapore, and having read some of the reviews of this hotel recently, felt compelled to write this review, belatedly. I doubt that the hotel has changed much. The whole place need an upgrade in every way including the attitude of the staff and attention to detail. Although the reception staff were reasonably helpful and welcoming, the restaurant and bar staff definitely weren't..it was like..please we are busy not doing much, please don't bother us. We were unable to eat dinner in the hotel as it was only catering for a large coach party of Americans..who would have found the hotel far below American standards for this type of mid-range hotel. Instead it was suggested to us that we stroll over to their sister hotel to use the restaurant there. In fact one of the two tiny lifts was out of service and it took the best part of an hour for the American group to get their bags to the rooms. Breakfast was served in the cold and echoey restaurant that is an adjunct of the lobby. Service was slow, begrudging, and the food was poorly presented and barely warm, with small portions. You get the feeling that the whole hotel is run to factory-process coach tour parties, with quick and speedy efficiency and little attention to friendly and personal customer service. The rooms were very small, with an equally small window albeit with nice views, and were more suited to a cheap airport hotel than somewhere described as 'Four Seasons', the name of which conjures up an image of somewhere sophisticated, which it definitely isnt. Bathrooms were also small and aching for an upgrade. There must be nicer hotels in the area than this.
I stayed here for two nights while attending a conference. I would not stay here again if I was paying for it myself!
The hotel does have a great loction and the views from the room were spectacular. It is a very tired hotel which does not appear to have been refurbished for twenty plus years. Carpets were threadbare, there was damage and wear to furniture and everything was generally worn out. The food was acceptable but not great. Our meal on the first night was booked for the restaurant but we ended up being sat in the conservatory and it was freezing.
However, the hotel was generally very clean with bed linen and towels new and bright white.
Staff were almost all foreign but spoke good English and always helpful.
I will most likely be back at next years conference and hope some refurbishment has taken place by then.
Stayed for one night at the Four Seasons whilst attending a weekend conference. We had originally booked to stay in the Aviemore Inn (3*) but were upgraded on arrival to the Four Seasons (4*). The reception staff were friendly and helpful when checking us in and the hotel lobby was airy and spacious. The decor is a bit dated however, particularly in the restaurant. Room was a reasonable size and the beds were amazingly comforable - the best I have slept in yet! Again, decor dated and the room was generally in need or renovation. The hairdryer was so poor it was practically unusuable (definitely take your own!), the light in the bathroom flickered, the tap dripped and there was no tea supplied. All not in themselves large complaints but contributed to a poor image of the hotel. The breakfast was average, but they were let down by their staff some of whom seemed to lack basic customer service skills. I witnessed a girl left standing for 10 minutes while someone ignored her request for a glass of water before pointedly stopping her work (the restaurant was not busy) and going to get one for her - I would expect better from any class of hotel.
Overall, some pros and cons but at that price I probably wouldn't stay there again.